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Where to find the Best Burgers in Palm Desert

May is National Burger Month! Burgers in all their variations—beef, turkey, veggie—are an ever-present staple on many menus. But why settle for just any hamburger? If you’re looking for an exceptional burger, we’ve got some dining options (listed in alphabetical order) for you to try here in Palm Desert. Here are just a few of the restaurants you may want to visit, or for the complete list of dining options in Palm Desert, be sure to check out our online Palm Desert Dining Guide.

AC3
45350 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert
(760) 340-6069
Don’t miss the eponymous AC3 Burger found on their lunch and Bar Bites menus, made with Kobe beef, “melted” onions and cheddar plus plenty of customizable options.

CJ’s Diner
74894 Lennon Place, Ste. H1, Palm Desert
(760) 837-9650
You may feel like you deserve an award for finding this place, tucked into a commercial complex off Cook Street. The reward will be a variety of burgers to choose from— from the CJ’s Burger with pastrami to the Bleu Burger—not just your usual diner basics.

The Daily Grill
73061 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 779-9911
Want a fried egg on that? The Daily Grill’s Chop House Burger comes with the usual toppings, but feel free to customize it with add-ons like avocado, bacon, mushrooms and more. Vegetarians love the housemade Black Bean Quinoa Burger with Ancho Chili Sauce.

El Paseo Grill
73030 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 346-7900
If you like grass-fed beef served on a fabulously fresh roll, this is the spot. Try the Desert Burger if you’re a purist, or the Dumpster Burger if you like everything on it including mushrooms, bacon and grilled onions.

Grill-a-Burger
73091 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert
(760) 346-8170
Thirty different hamburgers on the menu! And that’s not counting ones made from chicken, turkey or veggie patties. From “What a Friend We Have in Cheeses” to “Chili Chili Bang Bang,” you’re going to have a blast working your way through their menu. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, come see what Guy Fieri raved about.

Islands
72353 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 346-4007
A family favorite, with a dozen different tropically inspired and traditional grilled burger choices on the menu, all served with endless fries. The Maui with guacamole or the Hawaiian with fresh pineapple are hard to beat.

Karen’s Café
77682 Country Club Dr., Ste. L, Palm Desert
(760) 772-2800
Really tucked away off the street in a retail and office complex, but you’ll love it once you find it! If you’re looking for something just a bit different, you’ll appreciate that they keep things lively by serving up a Patty Melt on rye as well as the San Franciscan on sourdough.

Keedy’s Fountain & Grill
73633 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 346-6492
It’s called a “Keedy’s Fix” for a reason. Operating in the same location since 1957 (!), generations of local residents have been raised on these diner-style burgers served with your favorite sides plus a whole complement of fountain specialties including shakes, floats and malts.

Kitchen 86 + Bar
73130 El Paseo, Ste. I, Palm Desert
(760) 890-1586
While primarily known as a continental restaurant with fun, shareable small plates, you bet this dining hot spot has a burger to boot. Theirs features grass fed beef, cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli on a brioche bun.

Paradise Cove Cafe
44150 Town Center Way, Palm Desert
(760) 779-1617
Tucked in-between Trader Joe’s and Michael’s, it’s worth the effort to find this hidden gem! Choose from a super selection of fresh and juicy burgers, including the California-cuisine inspired Santa Monica Burger with roasted grape tomatoes, feta cheese and cucumbers, and the Ortega Chile-laden Desert Heat.

ROC’s Firehouse Grille
36891 Cook St., Ste. 10, Palm Desert
(760) 340-3222
We’re big fans of the Fire Chief Burger, with Swiss, pastrami and 1000 Island dressing, but you may want to dive into Le Chef des Pompiers (French Fire Chief) with brie, crispy prosciutto, and strawberry-jalapeno jam. No bad choices here, and all served up in a lively pub atmosphere!

Tap-In Taproom Patio Bar & Grill
Whole Foods Market
44459 Town Center Way, Palm Desert
(760) 797-8200
Not surprisingly, this location inside Whole Foods Palm Desert features both a plant-based Beyond Meat burger and a Pub Burger featuring fresh ground beef on their bar food menu. Convenient spot to pop in for a quick meal.

The Vine Wine Bar
74868 Country Club Drive, Ste. 103, Palm Desert
(760) 341-9463
Another small plate option for when you don’t want a jumbo meal, or if you’d prefer a glass of wine over a soft drink to accompany your burger. We’re partial to the Rioja Mini Burgers, seasoned with chipotle mayo and topped with Asiago cheese.

Wildest Greens
72990 El Paseo #3, Palm Desert
(760) 636-0441
Great guilt-free options are served here, including a bison burger, turkey burger and a vegan Beyond Meat Burger choice, each fully customized and topped with your choice of sauces and condiments.

Wilma & Frieda
73575 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 773-2807
Why does Wilma & Frieda show up on every restaurant list we write up? Because they’re that good. (Here’s another spot that Guy Fieri visited for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so it’s not just our opinion.) The burgers? Ridiculously amazing, with a patty made from chopped chuck and short ribs, served up on a fresh-baked bun.

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